Nar Phu Valley Trek
Narphu valley Trekking is probably the best trek of Annapurna region and for those who want to explore hidden valley and trek off the beaten crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099m), Kangla pass (5200m) & Tilicho Pass (5230m) with beautiful Lake Tilicho. Hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding. Our destination is the Nar-Phu valley, above the tree line on the upper limits of cultivation, in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours reaching the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley.
Nowadays, Nar Phu has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, unlike most Bhotia people, whose trading patterns changed drastically after the Nepali Government closed borders with Tibet, the people of Nar and Phu valley were least affected by this change. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependent on the salt trade, and until today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. The Nepal government's recent decision to open up Nar and Phu to tourists has evoked little enthusiasm among the villagers, whose pastoral lifestyle continues. Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network to include Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1320m.)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner will be served in the evening.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Benshi Sahar (823m)
We take early drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar. It takes about seven hours to reach Bensi Sahar on a normal drive.
Day 03: Bensisahar to Bahundanda (1310m.)
Having breakfast at Bensisahar, we commence our trek to Bahundada. Lunch will be served on the way. En route, we trek through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, encounter a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu. Overnight at Bahundada.
Day 04: Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.)
It is our turn to trek to Chamje from Bahundada. We would trek along the steep and slippery trail running through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages. The trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.
Day 05: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m.)
We trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap. The path goes along the river through bamboo groves. We would also cross barely and potato fields near Dharapani. We would visit the Tibetan Monastery at Bagarchhap and view Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Day 06: Bagarchhap – Koto (2670m.)
We would have breakfast at Bagarchhap and trek to Koto. En route, the trail goes along the mule track through dense forest of fir, pine, oak and maple. This region is also rich in its age old culture.
Day 07: Koto to Chhacha (3200m)
Having breakfast at Koto, we commence our trek to Chhacha. We would experience alpine vegetation along the trail. Overnight at Chhacha.
Day 08: Chhacha to Meta (3700m)
Having breakfast at Chhacha, we trek to Meta. Lunch would be served on the way. En route, we would encounter forests and small rivers. Overnight at Meta in the camp.
Day 09: Meta to Junum (4000m)
Today we trek to Junum from Meta. We will have lunch on the way. Overnight camping at Junum.
Day 10: Junum to Phu Valley (4200m)
Having breakfast at Junum, we trek to Phu valley. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight in camp at Phu valley.
Day 11: Rest at Phu
Having trekked for longer period, turn has come for us to take rest. We would go around the valley to have first hand information of the valley. It would be our pleasure to interact with the local people which would help us to know the local culture.
Day 12: Phu to Yak Kharka
We would trek to Yak Kharka from Phu. We commence our trek after having breakfast in the camp. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Panggi Pass
Today we would trek from Yak Kharka to Panggi Pass. Lunch would be served on the way. Overnight at Panggi Pass in the tent.
Day 14: Panggi Pass to Nar (4000m)
We trek from Panggi Pass to Nar. We would find different kinds of animals on the way. Overnight at Nar.
Day 15: Nar to Youingar
It is our turn to trek from Nar to Youingar. The trek starts after having breakfast in the camp. Lunch would be served on the way. Overnight at Youingar.
Day 16: Youingar to Kangla Pass (5322m)
Today we trek from Youingar to Kangla Pass. Having early breakfast, we trek to Kangla Pass. Lunch would be taken on the way.
Day 17: Kangla Pass to Manang (3351m)
From Kangla Pass, we trek to Manang. We walk through grazing ground, crops fields and Tibetan settlements. We would also view Annapurna2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Besides, we also visit monasteries and pay our visit to Himalayan Rescue Association(HRA) for seeking advice on altitude sickness.
Day 18: Manang to Khangsar Khola (3734m)
It is our turn to trek from Manang to Kangsar Khola. It is clearly visible the Khangsar Khola cutting through a gorge, with Tilicho Peak in cloud far above. From Manang, we detoured to Khangsar, one of only two accommodation options between the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake at 4920 meters (16,142 feet).
Day 19: Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Lake (4920m)
We commence our trek from Kangsar Khola to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4150m). It is the only accommodation between Khangsar and Tilicho Lake at 4920m. The sacred Tilicho Lake situated at 16,700 feet is one of the highest lakes in the world. A high route and low route connect Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp. The low route undulates between 4000-4250 meters through 100 meter-high rocks jutting out of a steep slope. One hour from Khangsar is a monastery. We would pray to god and reach Tilicho Lake.
Day 20: Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass (5099m)
We start our trek from Tilicho Lake to Mesokanto Pass. Mesokanto Pass is a dry place. However, there is no scarcity of water. Water would be made available in the camp. In this route we climb about 395m high. We will be camping at an altitude of 5099m at Mesokanto Pass.
Day 21: Mesokanto to Jomsom (2710m)
Today we trek to Jomsom from Mesokanto. Jomsom, at an altitude of 2800m is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. The entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light, which forms a dramatic contrast. The oldest fossils from Jurassic era are found in Jomsom area.
Day 22: Jomsom to Pokhara
We board our early flight from Jomsom and reach Pokhara after 25min. We go for sightseeing around Pokhara and overnight in a hotel.
Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu
We take early flight or drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Go for shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 24: Back home destination
- All meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea/coffee) while on trek, accommodation in teahouses, a guide, porter, ground transportation, ACAP permit, TIMS permit, all necessaries for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation in teahouses, equipments, insurance etc).
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance.
- Flight ticket client's and guide.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Related Trekking Route
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trekking Name: Nar Phu Valley Trek
Best Season: September to mid December & mid February to August
Trekking Type: Camping Trek
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Maximum HIght: 5322m. Kangla Pass
Duration: 24 Days